A little over two decades ago, dental implants emerged onto the oral healthcare scene offering a new and effective solution for replacing a missing tooth. As time has gone by dental implant technology has continued to evolve. Today dental implants can be used to also mount a bridge to restore multiple missing teeth, or to create anchor points to lock a pair of dentures firmly in place.
At your initial consultation a member of Meadowdale Dental Clinic’s dental team will examine your mouth and take a few X-rays. This gives us a detailed understand or the overall health of your mouth as well as the available bone structure in that part of your jaw.
If past issues with chronic periodontal disease, tooth decay or the tooth was extracted, you might lack the sufficient bone structure needed to mount a dental implant. If this is the case, we might recommend that you receive a bone graft in that part of the jaw to restore sufficient structure to mount an implant.
Once any bone structure issues have been addressed, the implant procedure can be performed outpatient basis. Most people choose to be deeply sedated for their own comfort, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you and help you at home, while you’re recovering.
To install the implant an oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gums to gain direct access to your jawbone. A narrow channel is made in the bone and a titanium abutment is screwed into place. Titanium is known to be biologically safe and will eventually fuse to your existing bone in a process known as osseointegration.
Once the implant is secure, a Meadowdale Dental Clinic dentist can go about fitting you for a crown, bridge or custom locking dentures.
If you are missing one or more teeth, and you are interested in exploring your restoration options, you should call Meadowdale Dental Clinic’s Lynnwood, Washington to see if dental implants are right for you.